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Long Wait to Defect from Assad’s Forces

By: Karlos Zurutuza SHALAL GUNDIK, Syria – “Of course I want to defect but I cannot give up my salary. How could I possibly feed my 11 children?” The war is putting every Syrian on the brink, including this policeman … Continue reading

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Top Syrian Media Host Abandons Assad for the Truth

By: Bastian Berbner At about 7:30 p.m. on July 11, Ola Abbas sat down at her laptop in her apartment in southeast Damascus and summoned her courage. She then compressed her rage, which had been building up for months, into … Continue reading

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Syria: French FM expects new “spectacular” defections soon

The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said Thursday he expects new “spectacular” defections from the Syrian regime “soon”. “From the information we have, but we’ll see if this is confirmed in the coming days, there are other spectacular defections that … Continue reading

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Syrian vice president defects, arrives in Jordan: FSA

Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharie has defected to Jordan, claimed spokesman for the Higher Revolutionary Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Luay al-Miqdad, in an interview on Friday. Miqdad told Al Arabiya that two other high-ranking officers have also … Continue reading

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First Syrian in space joins revolt against Assad

A Syrian astronaut who was part of a Soviet space mission a quarter of a century ago condemned the world’s failure to stem violence in his home country on Friday and urged President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents to keep up their … Continue reading

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Assad’s rule disintegrating, ex-PM says after defecting

By: Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Hadeel Al Shalchi ALEPPO, Syria – President Bashar al-Assad controls less than a third of Syria and his power is crumbling, his former prime minister said on Tuesday, in his first public appearance since he defected to the … Continue reading

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Syria’s UN human rights envoy defects in Geneva

GENEVA — Syria’s top representative at the UN Human Rights Council said Monday he had defected because he no longer felt able in that position to do anything for the Syrian people. “Basically, when I felt I could not help … Continue reading

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Senior Syrian policeman defects – opposition

AMMAN, Jordan – The deputy police commander for the central Syrian province of Homs has defected to Jordan, an opposition source said on Sunday, further undermining President Bashar al-Assad as he struggles to crush an uprising against his rule. “Brigadier … Continue reading

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Chief of protocol at the Syrian presidential palace defects: FSA

The chief of protocol at Syria’s presidential palace has defected from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claimed on Thursday. Muhi al-Din Maslamani is in a safe place in Syria, the rebel group told Al Arabiya Thursday, … Continue reading

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FSA spokesman says more high-level defections by Syrian officials coming soon

By: Rhonda Parker A senior figure in the opposition Free Syria Army has announced that not only did FSA fighters aid Prime Minister Riyad Hijab in fleeing the strife-torn country, but that “more high level defections would be coming.” The FSA’s Khaled … Continue reading

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